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Statements on Governor Brown’s Appointments of Two Most Outstanding Attorneys to the Bench


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed two of Santa Clara County's most outstanding attorneys to the bench. County Counsel Miguel Márquez was appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal. Santa Clara County's Chief Public Defender Mary Greenwood was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

“It is an honor to have been appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the Sixth District Court of Appeal. I am grateful for the support I received from so many members of the legal community in San Jose, the greater Bay Area, and statewide," Márquez said. "I am also thankful for the opportunities I have had to work with so many talented and dedicated public servants, not only at the County of Santa Clara, but at all of the public agencies I have been privileged to serve, both as a public attorney and in private practice.  I look forward to continuing my career in public service as an associate justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal.”

Márquez, 45, of San Jose, has served as county counsel for the County of Santa Clara since 2009. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. Márquez will be the first Latino to serve on the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

Greenwood, 55, of Menlo Park, has served as the chief public defender in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office since 2005. Greenwood earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College.

"I am honored to be appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Brown and hope that I am able to serve the people of Santa Clara County with justice and respect for all who appear in the Superior Court," Greenwood said. "It has been a joy to serve the community as the Public Defender.  The Public Defender Office is a strong, vibrant law firm with dedicated professionals devoted to justice for the indigent accused.  The office will only continue to thrive in the future with new leadership and the ongoing support of the Board of Supervisors and County Executive."

In commendation of Governor Brown's remarkable appointments of Márquez and Greenwood, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors' President George Shirakawa issued the following statement:

  1. “Two of Santa Clara County’s most outstanding lawyers were appointed to the bench by Governor Brown today.
  2. “Governor Brown appointed Miguel Márquez, Santa Clara County Counsel to the local Court of Appeal. Miguel is an outstanding lawyer who advises the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on our most complex legal strategies.  When the Board appointed Miguel as County Counsel in 2009, I knew he would serve us well and also knew this day would come given his excellent legal mind and ability. I am very proud of Miguel as the first Latino appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal.
  3. “Governor Brown also appointed Mary Greenwood, Santa Clara County’s Public Defender to Superior Court. Her exceptional service to indigent clients and her management of high quality staff has made me very proud of the work of the Office of the Public Defender.  Mary has the unique ability to communicate the law in a way that we can all understand and care about.  She is the ultimate professional in a system that can be, by its nature, very acrimonious.  I am thrilled that Mary Greenwood joins the Santa Clara County Superior Court because everyone wins when people like Mary are the judge.
  4. “The Board of Supervisors has a big job ahead in filling these two important positions in the County family and legal community.  I am committed to an open, inclusive process.”

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Shirley Zackor, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Andrea Flores Shelton, Office of Supervisor George Shirakawa, President, Board of Supervisors, (408) 299-5020 
Posted: May 18, 2012

    Last updated: 6/22/2017 12:59 PM